Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum-Duyun Maojian

Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum

Duyun Maojian

by Live in Guizhou

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Duyun Maojian, renowned as “Millennial Tribute Tea, Century-Old Gold Award”, is a century-old brand of Chinese heritage. Its unique production process, special tea cultivation environment, and meticulous craftsmanship endow Duyun Maojian with a graceful appearance characterized by “tight, fine, and curly strands with white fuzz covering the body, and a green and moist luster”. It retains a unique aroma described as “delicate and enduring fragrance, clear and fresh taste, with a refreshing and sweet aftertaste”. As early as in the Ming Dynasty, it was selected as a tribute tea.

As a famous green tea from Guizhou, Duyun Maojian primarily focuses on “green” in its characteristics. Its production technique involves five stages: pan-firing, rolling, shaping, picking out the fuzz, and drying. All these operations are swiftly carried out in a single pan. The emphasis is on using the same pan, capturing the essence in the midst of heat, and completing the process in one go. During the entire processing, the skills such as tossing and stir-frying, shaking and stifling, shaking and rolling, and the direction, rounds, frequency, and strength of rolling vary depending on the quality and humidity of the tea leaves, as well as the time, sequence, and temperature of the pan. The craft of making Duyun Maojian represents the collective wisdom of ethnic minorities in southern Guizhou, embodying distinctive regional cultural features.

On November 29, 2022, “Chinese Traditional Tea-making Techniques and Related Customs”, proposed by China, was successfully inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the 17th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Rabat, Morocco. Among them, “Duyun Maojian Tea-making Techniques” from Guizhou was included, becoming the only tea-related project from Guizhou Province to be recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.